Gun Control Questions for the White House?

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Gun Control Questions for the White House?
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Thu, 02-14-2013 - 12:55pm

iVillage will be moderating a special "Open Questions" live town hall with Vice President Biden's chief of staff, Bruce Reed, on gun control this Friday, from 3p ET to 330p ET. As you know, Vice President Biden has been leading the president's task force on gun violence, and so his chief of staff is right on the front lines of this debate.

 

Reply to this post to submit your question, post one on Twitter using @iVillage and the hashtags #WHChat and #SOTU, or leave your question on on Facebook.

 

And be sure to join us live Friday/3p ET to 330p ET to see if your questions are asked and answered. You can check out the live townhall on iVillage and also on whitehouse.gov/SOTU.

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Thu, 02-21-2013 - 10:22pm

I certainly agree that services for people with mental illnesses have been grossly underfunded for decades, but how can mental health services be linked to gun control without perpetuating the myth that people with mental illness are more dangerous than those without mental illness? How can service changes based on reducing gun violence meet the needs of the vast majority of people with psychiatric disabilities who are non-violent? IMO, the recent political rhetoric on gun violence and mental illness has dramatically increased the stigma of mental illness. Wouldn't you agree that increasing the stigma discourages people from seeking treatment? If untreated mental illness is a problem, how can linking it to gun violence be in any way helpful?